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If you're a bibliophile aware of something (public domain or otherwise) that has lapsed into obscurity, and you would like to see it become readily available, please contact us at

Welcome to Makeshift Press!

We are an independent publishing company specializing in rescuing obscure works of fiction and non-fiction from slipping further away from a potential audience. This is the era of Publish-it-Yourself, and we're doing just that. Demand for many books might decrease over the decades, but there's always an audience for even the most esoteric of work. In the information age, access to nearly anything occurs at lightning speed. But the key word here is "nearly." That's where we come in.

In addition to reclaiming the obscure, Makeshift Press also supports independent authors and presses through original publications and literary partnerships.

We are currently closed indefinitely to submissions.


Editorial Staff

A. J. Howells is Makeshift Press’ publisher and managing editor. Additionally, he recently served as an editor for Journey Press' upcoming anthology, Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958-1963). His full bibliography can be found here. He lives with his wife, two children, and two cats in the woods of northern Virginia where he spends far too much time reading comic books and listening to Sun Ra. In his spare time, he teaches full time.